I know the math seems a little faulty, but it turns out that the 3DS has reached quite a milestone, selling twice as many units in its first year of existence as the old Nintendo DS.
"Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we're still just scratching the surface," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We're just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul."
In its first 12 months, the DS sold 2.3 million units, but the 3DS has trumped that by moving 4.5 million. Nintendo also reports that there have been 100+ software titles released in the first year of the 3DS compared to the 58 for the DS in the same time period. I don't feel like I've seen a hundred different games on store shelves, but apparently that doesn't include the 500 downloadable titles. Maybe they're including DS releases since you can technically play those on your 3DS?
That still doesn't detract from the fact that the 3DS, despite its weak start, has made quite an impression on gamers, and looks to be here to stay. Which is great, because I'm sick of hearing people talking about how handheld systems are on their way out because everyone's gaming on their phones and tablets now. Some of us like joysticks and physical buttons, don't ya know!